Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse may have five goals to his name already this season, but he says the campaign has not been without its problems.
Cisse notched during his side's 1-1 draw with Burnley in midweek and looks in the best form he has been in for a considerable amount of time.
However, the Senegalese international front man insists that things are still a struggle in front of goal for him at the minute.
“All the time I like to score goals – a lot of goals – but it’s a little bit hard for me at the moment,” Cisse admitted to the Shields Gazette.
“I try my best to do well and work hard. I just need to be myself. I believe in myself. I need to score a lot of goals.”
Cisse's troubles may come from the fact that he has been out for such a length of time with injury.
The 29-year-old missed pre-season with a knee injury and is still searching for match sharpness upon his return.
That said, he is looking more confident in front of goal than he did last season. Cisse only hit the back of the net twice in the Premier League last term and he has comfortably surpassed that tally this time around.
This could be as a result of the pressure that he is now under. The signing of Ayoze Perez, who has made a blistering start to his career at St. James' Park, has added competition for places in Pardew's starting line-up and it seems to have brought the best out of Cisse.
The former Freiburg striker will now be looking to build on the momentum that he has gained from his strike in midweek.
Cisse could be in line for a starting role against Chelsea on Saturday and he will need to be on the top of his game if he is to help his side to victory.